The publication of this Building Bulletin is a landmark in improving fire safety in schools. It brings together guidance on how to make schools even safer places for children to be in, with guidance on how to protect the continuity of their education.

This is a design guide which shows clearly how the requirements for life safety, contained in the Building Regulations, can be met in the design of a new school or an extension. Innovative design may need to employ fire safety engineering, a risk-based approach, and this guide explains what design teams should do. It also covers the principles of fire safety management and describes the fire protection measures that the designer should consider.

The guide provides fire safety design guidance for schools in England and Wales. The guidance applies to nursery schools, primary and secondary schools, including sixth form colleges, academies and city technology colleges, special schools and pupil referral units.


  • Introduction
  • Background information
  • Detailed design guidance – overview
  • Means of warning and escape
  • Internal fire spread (linings)
  • Internal fire spread (structure)
  • External fire spread
  • Access and facilities for the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Appendices